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Jani Confirmed For Porsche Team 2014 LeMans

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Neel Jani to join Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas in the LMP1 Porsche

Another driver has been confirmed to contest the top class of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ex-Formula 1 test pilot Neel Jani (29) from Switzerland will join Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) for testing and from 2014 onwards will take the wheel of one of the two new LMP1 vehicles from Weissach. Jani’s contract with Porsche extending over several years begins on 1st July. In addition to test driving the Porsche, the experienced sports car pilot will complete his planned race schedule for 2013 with the Rebellion team in the American Le Mans Series and in the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC.

Neel Jani began his career in the classical way at the age of 12 in karting and at age 16 went on to race single-seaters. In 2002 he concluded the European Formula Renault 2000 championship as runner-up. The following season he clinched vice championship honours in the European Formula Renault V6 series. In 2003 and 2004 Jani was a Formula 1 test driver for Sauber and in 2005 he scored two GP2 victories. During the winter season of 2005/2006, he secured second overall for Switzerland in the global A1GP series and in 2006 was signed on as test and reserve driver for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team. In 2007 he switched to the American Champcar Series and clinched three podium places. For the 2007/2008 season he returned to the A1GP, took home the title after four victories and went on to secure yet another runner-up title the following year. In 2009 Jani contested the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time and finished twelfth in the LMP1 class. Since 2010, he has competed for the Rebellion Racing team.
“To compete for Porsche in the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC and at the Le Mans 24 Hours is a dream come true,” says Neel Jani. “I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel for the first time and contributing my test driving experience. Porsche is incomparable with any other marque in sports car racing and I’m proud to now be a part of the Porsche works team. My goal is to win the Le Mans 24 Hours and secure the WEC World Championship title with Porsche. I don’t just want to build on Porsche’s successful history, I want to add a new chapter.”

“Neel Jani is extremely talented and is currently one of the best sports car pilots altogether. I’m delighted that we can already confirm three drivers for the 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours,” says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. “Neel fits very well into our Porsche motorsport family. He is incredibly fast, he has a wealth of experience in international long distance racing as well as at the Le Mans 24 Hours and he’s a real team player,” adds Fritz Enzinger, Head of the LMP1 project.

 

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Porsche celebrate 100th class victory at Le Mans after double win

A superb 1-2 in the GTE-Pro class and victory in the GTE-Am class ensured Porsche leave the 81st running of the Circuit des 24 Heures with a record 100 class victories to their name.

Porsche celebrate 100th class victory at Le Mans after double win

In a Le Mans race smitten with changeable weather and a tragic incident within the first few laps, the new Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Porsche AG Team Manthey and piloted by works drivers Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz won the fiercely competitive GTE-Pro class against strong opposition from Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Viper. After 315 laps, the number 92 came home ahead of colleagues Joerg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard and Patrick Pilet in the number 91 911 RSR to ensure an emphatic 1-2 finish for Weissach in what was Porsche first official outing at Le Mans for 15 years.

Porsche celebrate 100th class victory at Le Mans after double win

In the GTE-Am class, team IMSA Performance Matmut’s GT3 RSR clinched victory with Frenchmen Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl-Vernay and Christophe Bourret at the wheel.

Porsche AG Team Manthey’s win, watched by Chairman of the Supervisory Board  Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, was the maiden win for the 991 RSR in their third race in the 2013 World Endurance Championship, and proved the perfect experience as Porsche prepare to compete in the top class LMP1 category in 2014.

Porsche celebrate 100th class victory at Le Mans after double win

Starting in third position in class on the grid, both Type 991 RSRs showed exceptional reliability, largely pitting for just fuel, tyres and driver changes. A direct battle with the no.97 Aston Martin emerged during nightfall for the GTE-Pro lead, but porsche ensured a 1st and 2nd place finish in the final few hours of racing.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Porsche AG: “With the 99th and 100th class win and the double victory of the new 911 RSR, this Le Mans 24 hour race was a magnificent success for Porsche. I very much congratulate all those who have contributed. Our joy, however, is also mixed with sadness and shock at the death of (Aston Martin driver) Allan Simonsen. We have not only lost a passionate racer, but also a good friend of the Porsche motorsport family. He contested his first Le Mans 24 Hours in 2007 with a Porsche. With our works driver Marc Lieb in 2005, he contested two races of the Le Mans Endurance Series in a Porsche as well. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family as well as the Aston Martin squad and his teammates at this difficult time.”

Porsche celebrate 100th class victory at Le Mans after double win

Dr Porsche’s sentiments were echoed by Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG: “Those were very gripping 24 hours and a race with action we’ve all certainly experienced rarely. It was exciting from the first to the last minute. In the end luck was on our side. Aston Martin was a tremendous opponent. At this time our thoughts should be with the fatally injured Allan Simonsen. For motorsport and for Aston Martin it is a great tragedy. Nevertheless, Porsche has once again shown that it is the manufacturer to beat in GT racing. This makes us optimistic for 2014.”

Olaf Manthey, team principal of Porsche AG Team Manthey, was delighted with the victory for the factory: “I’m still speechless about our success. After the penultimate safety car phase I was not feeling particularly optimistic. I still can’t believe this victory. In 1999 I was with Porsche for the first time in Le Mans and we won then too. Now I returned after 15 years and did it again. Dear God, however, has written a screenplay that almost ruined by nerves.”

Porsche celebrate 100th class victory at Le Mans after double win

A full report of Porsche’s official return to Le Mans, including exclusive behind the scenes pictures and an extended interview with head of development Wolfgang Hatz, can be found in issue 103 of Total 911 magazine, in shops or available to download from July 7th.

Round four of the sports car World Endurance Championship takes place on 1 September in Sao Paulo/Brazil.

Race result
GTE-Pro class
1. Dumas/Lieb/Lietz (F/D/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 315 laps
2. Bergmeister/Bernhard/Pilet (D/D/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 315
3. Dumbreck/Mücke/Turner (GB/D/GB), Aston Martin, 314
4. Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor (DK/E/USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 312
5. Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander (MC/J/SF), Ferrari 458 Italia, 312
6. Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli (I/I/I), Ferrari 458 Italia, 311

GTE-Am class
1. Narrac/Bourret/Vernay (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 306 laps
2. Perazzini/Case/O’Young (I/I/CDN), Ferrari 458 Italia, 305
3. Gerber/Griffin/Cioci (ZA/IRL/I), Ferrari 458 Italia, 305
4. Dempsey/Long/Foster (USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 305
7. Henzler/Gibon/Milesi (D/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 300
8. Ried/Roda/Ruberti (D/I/I), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 300
9. Collard/Perrod/Crubile (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 298

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Nouvelle Porsche 911 Targa : retour dans les 70’s!

Ça se confirme pour la prochaine déclinaison de la Porsche 911 Targa, de nouvelles photos volées annoncent le retour au mythique arceau.
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Video: 2014 Porsche 991 Targa Spotted Testing

The upcoming 2014 Porsche 911 Targa was recently spotted testing for the very first with its new roof down and wearing almost no camouflage. The following video was filmed in a district of Stuttgart, Germany and shows the new 2014 …
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